Man ar­rested over fa­tal hit-and-run

The Australian - - THE NATION - SAM BUCK­ING­HAM-JONES

The man sus­pected of killing a nurse in a hit-and-run col­li­sion in Mel­bourne has been ar­rested after a three-day po­lice man­hunt.

Se­bas­tian Ken­nett, 20, was taken into cus­tody after be­ing found with two other men at an ad­dress on Ful­ton Road at Black­burn South, in the city’s east, last night.

“All three males are cur­rently be­ing in­ter­viewed by po­lice,” a spokes­woman for Vic­to­ria Po­lice said. “No charges have been laid at this stage.”

A war­rant was is­sued for Mr Ken­nett’s ar­rest on Wed­nes­day, two days after a crash in Oak­leigh that claimed the life of Lynda Hansen. Ms Hansen, 53, was killed on her way home from work when her Toy­ota Yaris was hit by a stolen white Lexus as she turned into a street on Mon­day night. Po­lice said the airbag in the stolen car likely saved Mr Ken­nett’s life.

Ms Hansen’s friends and fam­ily shared emo­tional tributes on so­cial me­dia.

Her dev­as­tated fam­ily said the ded­i­cated nurse was a “very car­ing and fam­ily ori­en­tated per­son”.

“She was a com­pas­sion­ate car- diac nurse at a large pri­vate hos­pi­tal and was ex­cited to be com­menc­ing a new po­si­tion within the hos­pi­tal in the next week,” they said. “Lynda was ded­i­cated to her spir­i­tual life, en­joyed yoga and sang in a gospel choir. She en­joyed over­seas travel and loved to help peo­ple, es­pe­cially her el­derly mother.

“Lynda leaves be­hind many shocked and dev­as­tated friends and fam­ily mem­bers.”

Yoga group Gipp­s­land Kir­tan posted: “Our friend and men­tor Lynda Hansen was trag­i­cally killed by a ... man hooning in a stolen car.

“Although Gipp­s­land Kir­tan is hor­ri­fied that such a beau­ti­ful spirit was taken in this way, we are fo­cused on grat­i­tude for the gifts of knowl­edge and time that Lynda so freely gave us.”

Ken­nett

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